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"Winter Soldier": On Cheating The Negatives

A family of phase change material based compositions are engineered to be resistant against shear-flow and dissolution-driven material loss by securing them in a solid matrix, creating a slippery interface, capable of exceptional anti-icing, tailoring solid foulant adhesion, optical transparency, self-healing and thereby promise routes for the development of multifunctional surfaces that can significantly outperform commercial solutions.

Reference: Chatterjee R, Bararnia H, Anand S. A Family of Frost-Resistant and Icephobic Coatings. Adv Mat. 2109930. doi:10.1002/adma.202109930

Find the press release here.


Video: Rukmava Chatterjee

Audio: "Vivaldi: The Four Seasons" recomposed by Max Richter